@italia FF. I think that's exactly what you're seeing-it tests way sharper than the canon/nikon prime 14mms (though if you have a 14-24mm I know those are outstanding) but running distortion correction inherently dulls the corners as you'd expect.
My impression from the start was they just wanted the sub-blogs gone... just because that’s what upper management wanted.
Blaming it on the potential legal liability would only hold water if it was done after the legal changes went through.
In my view, blaming it on legal liability was always a bullshit cover story so they could do this without pissing off their readers.
I’ve seen this bullshit “we can’t do it because of the legal liability” before.
Reminds me a bit of the “we have to crush all these EV1 electric cars because of the liability” bullshit GM pulled back in the early 2000s.
That was also a case of management just wanting something done to meet their less-than-honourable objectives of fighting the ZEV mandate and using “legal liability” as the bullshit excuse.
That situation boiled my blood as much as this one.
And they don’t realize that by doing shit like this causes management to go from “hero to zero” in no time... and it’s very hard to recover the company reputation after pulling shit like that.
I still have a fantasy of somehow acquiring one of the surviving GM EV1 cars, buying the necessary ports to re-enable it (which I think can be sourced from a company called AC Propulsion) and then drive it and park it in from of GM’s headquarters.